Trail characteristics as correlates of urban trail use
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Urban trails provide the infrastructure to support both transportation-related and leisure-time physical activity. This study examined correlates of use for such trails at the Chicago Lakefront Trail, White Rock Lake Trail (Dallas), and Los Angeles River Trail. A total of 17,338 users (67% male, 56% 18-39 yr, 67% cyclists) were observed across the three trails. Sixty-five qualitative features of each trail were assessed. These features factor into eight categories (i.e., aesthetics, continuity and navigation, ease and attractiveness of use, safety, trail adjacent characteristics, trail characteristics, trail obstacles, and trail services). The features most associated with trail use were mixed versus natural views, presence of streetlights, good trail conditions, caf頰resent, and other trailside facilities.
American journal of Health Promotion
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